(Way) Outside the WSOP – Day 4 ($1,500 NL Holdem Day 2, $1,500 PL Holdem and $5,000 Mixed Holdem Day 1)

by , Jun 2, 2008 | 8:11 am

News from around the WSOP as you try to figure out what one can do with 21,000,000 Continental OnePass miles.

The poker action continues to accelerate Three tournaments will be in action today on Day 4 of the World Series of Poker. Starting at 12 noon is the $1,500 PL Holdem event, while at 5pm the $5,000 Mixed (1/2 Limit, 1/2 No Limit) Holdem event will commence. Last year, these two events drew 781 ($1,500 PL Holdem winner Michael Spegal) and 451 ($5,000 Mixed Holdem winner Steve Billirakis) and many will be watching to see if these numbers we’ll improve today.

At 2pm, the 447 combatants who made it past the minefield of Days 1a/b come back in event #2 ($1,500 NL holdem) to play down to their final table on Tuesday. Among the chip leaders include David “Gunslinger” Bach, Shane “Shaniac” Schleger, and Frank “Take That” Sinopoli. Others who’ve moved on to Day 2 include Perry Friedman, Kenny Tran, John Phan, Terrence Chan, Todd Witteles, and Gavin Griffin.

What happened yesterday:

Birthday boy Andy Bloch is hit with seconditis yet again, falling to Nenad Medic this time in the $10,000 Pot Limit Holdem World Championship. Bloch’s had his share of top 3 finishes recently, including a 2nd at the NBC Headsup Poker Championship to Jesus Ferguson, losing in the semifinals of the $25k FTP Headsup Poker Online World Championship, and of course his 2nd in the inaugural $50k HORSE event to the late Chip Reese in 2006. He’s certainly due for a title, hopefully for him it’ll come soon.

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada – Poker hotbed?

A city with a population of under 100,000, Waterloo doesn’t exactly come to mind when you’re thinking about poker. But they have the University of Waterloo, whos students have earned poker’s Triple Crown (WSOP/WPT/EPT titles), while the other major school, Wilfrid Laurier University, has the current EPT Grand Final champion as one of its enrollees.

Steve Paul-Ambrose – U. of Waterloo Graduate, 2006 WPT PCA winner
Nenad Medic – U. of Waterloo Graduate, 2006 WPT Foxwoods WPF winner/WSOP Pot-Limit World Championship
Mike McDonald, former U. of Waterloo student, 2008 EPT Dortmund winner
Glen Chorny – Wifrid Laurier student, 2008 EPT Grand Final winner

More later today…

Thanks to Owen Laukkanen over at PokerListings for the clarification.

3 Comments to “(Way) Outside the WSOP – Day 4 ($1,500 NL Holdem Day 2, $1,500 PL Holdem and $5,000 Mixed Holdem Day 1)”

  1. Owen Laukkanen

    It’s not so much Waterloo the city as it is Waterloo the university. The place is like Canada’s MIT and attracts most of the country’s best and most mathematically-inclined students. So, really no surprise that it’s producing a lot of Canada’s best poker players (but great to see so many young Canadians doing well!).

  2. Kevin Mathers


    Appreciate that you took the time to read it, and Ive amended my post in an attempt to make it more clearer.

  3. DanM

    ***more clearer***

    Kevin, your use of such a phrase confirms that you are indeed Pokerati material! Welcome abouard!